Basics of Plein Air – SOLD OUT


Title: Basics of Plein Air

Type of Class: Painting, Color Theory

Instructor: Theresa Grillo Laird

Time: 10 am to 4pm

Dates: Sunday, Oct 24, 2021

Price: $150/125 members, $100 FOR PLEIN AIR FAIRHOPE artists



All Plein Air Fairhope 2021 artists, to receive the discounted tuition, be sure to register for this workshop when you register for the paint out.



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Plein Air Fairhope 2021

Join us at ESAC from 10 am to 2 pm on Oct 24, 2021, for “Basics of Plein Air” with Theresa Grillo Laird. This four-hour workshop will discuss the elements needed to capture the perfect Plein Air painting. From tips to tricks to tools, Theresa will get you ready for Plein Air Fairhope 2021!

Reserve your place! Limited enrollment to assure safe social distancing.

This is a good basic palette but you can also use the colors your used to.  I instruct in oils but you can bring what you’re used to.
Cadmium yellow light
Cadmium yellow medium- it should look more orange compared to the cad yellow light
Cadmium red light or medium, or napthol red
venetian red or indian red
ultramarine blue
viridian green
titanium white
A few long-handled brushes. Short handles are for watercolor.
Hog bristle is best but synthetic is OK if that’s what you have.
Please don’t bring worn-out or paint-encrusted brushes!
Look for a “round” to sketch with.
Flats and filberts are good for the rest. 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch across.
Gamsol or any art brand of mineral spirits for cleaning brushes-not less than pint-sized.
A painting medium could be useful but don’t worry if you don’t have any.
2 containers with lids for mineral spirits.
Paper towels
grocery shopping bags for garbage
a hat
bug spray
A French easel or suitable Plein air easel.

“Painting, like the rest of life, is a journey filled with glimpses of the less obvious truth if you take the time to look. What is truly there beyond the impressions of a first glance?

 This question filled my mind after an early painting experience. I was younger than school age and was sitting at a child size picnic table in my back yard on a glorious summer day. The scent of fresh laundry that my mother was hanging, filled the air. In front of me was a coloring book with an image of an elephant already covered in a layer of black dots. There wasn’t much room to color between those black dots but I picked up a crayon and was about to begin when my mother set a brush and glass of  water beside me. “You need this.”I touched a dripping brush to the page and jumped back in startled amazement as a sea of viridian green raced across the page.

I was so intrigued by color hidden within black dots, that I started looking more closely at other things to see if there was another reality underneath. I scraped rocks to see if they held color under their dusty surface. I took pieces of bark off off tree trunks hoping to find hidden colors. I peeled the beige paint off the metal buttons of my shirt to see if the paint was masking other colors. When I didn’t find colors there, I dreamt dreams of buttons with layer upon layer of vivid colors. I knew I wanted to be an artist though I barely knew what that meant. I was still in elementary school when I began painting in oils.

Today I still paint in oils, and I’m still searching for what lies hidden within. What am I really seeing and what combination of line, brush stroke and color do I need, to reveal the true character within the seemingly ordinary? That is the journey I’m so fortunate to have been set upon. I invite you to enjoy the results”.

A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A  fee reflecting 25% of the registration tuition will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, norefunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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